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I’ve noticed that those who grow gardens are not just growing plants. They are growing something a whole lot bigger. They might be growing food for their families or growing traditions that have been handed down for generations. When I am growing a garden, I know that what I’m really growing is love!
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s for new beginnings and planting my ever favorite PUMPKINS! Pumpkins to me are all about love. I know that not everyone sees pumpkins and thinks of love, but I sure do!
Some of the best memories I have of my girls growing up has been at the pumpkin patch. There is just something about big ole pumpkins that makes me appreciate life and all the joy in it. Maybe it’s because a pumpkin starts as a tiny seed that grows into a huge plant that flowers and turns into an amazing fruity gourd? Or maybe it’s because it is a time that we are all together and just having fun… either way, pumpkins are special to me.
A couple of years ago we grew the mother of all pumpkins. It was huge. We still talk about it and how we all tried to pick it up and nobody could get it off the ground alone. It’s one of those moments we all bonded over something that was a common goal. It was our love for each other that had us all out there watering that pumpkin all through the hot summer. Each of us wanting to show how much we loved each other by helping that pumpkin get as big as possible. It was all us working hard to help that pumpkin reach its fullest potential.
Our pumpkin patch was a group effort. We spent time together planting, tending to and harvesting our crop. We might have been growing pumpkins… but we were really growing love!